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Real Wedding Elopement: Su & James

Su and James’ romance sparked during a rainy May day just back in 2015 on Moonlight Beach in Encinitas. Months later, James proposed to Su in September at the La Jolla tidepools. The pair decided to wed on January 26th, as the low tide and sunset coincided at 5pm and they knew it would be the perfect day to elope. With 2 weeks to make the plans, they found outfits, flowers, an officiant, a driver, photographer, and had a custom diamond ring created for Su. They were so happy with how simple and heartfelt their ceremony was. The relaxed, yet elegant atmosphere was perfect for exchanging vows and becoming husband and wife.

Whether you’ve been planning a large wedding or an elopement is more your style, we’ve got you covered! There is not much more I love than an elopement. Su and James’ wedding was all about them; not about the fuss of an extravagant affair and not about pleasing their friends and family. It was truly all about their love.

If you’re planning an elopement, consider this:
  1. Prepare yourself for opinions
    Your friends and family may not agree with your decision to elope and they will most likely have an opinion about it. At the end of the day, what really matters is you and your partner. Your wedding day should be about joining your life with your groom or bride and a few snarky remarks shouldn’t get in the way of your happiness. Want to appease the naysayers? Throw a bash after you say “I do.”
  2. Hire a professional photographer
    This is a common mistake for many brides. Don’t skimp on a professional wedding photographer to save on cash and hire your sister or best friend’s cousin. You will cherish these photos forever! Found Creative, my personal faves, captured Su and James’ elopement to perfection!
  3. Send out marriage announcements
    Just because you are eloping, it’s still important to keep friends and family in the know. Share your love with a marriage announcement once you get hitched. This will make your loved ones feel included, even though they weren’t there for the wedding day.
  4. Don’t forget to celebrate
    Most importantly, make sure to celebrate your big day! Indulge in every aspect of your wedding day. Don’t be afraid to enjoy the little details, a dress that you feel fabulous in, and a stunning bouquet.

Love this elopement as much as we do? Check out Rachel & David’s real wedding elopement.

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Photographer: Found Creative
Venue: Scripps Pier
Flowers: Flowers by Azalea


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